In 2014, Ecuadorian documentary photographer Cris Toala Olivares, who lives in the Netherlands, experienced up close the eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador. He was overwhelmed by the enormous forces released from the earth's core. People who had lived on its fertile flanks for centuries were forced to evacuate - something they reluctantly did, despite the imminent dangers.
Toala Olivares was captivated by this close-up encounter, and decided to take a closer look at the different relationships people - all over the world - have with the volcanoes around them. He visited thirteen volcanoes, from Iceland to Indonesia, and literally stood on top of their giant subjects. He spoke with residents who lived on or under a volcano, never wanting to leave their beloved but threatened homes.
From these experiences was born Living with Volcanoes, a collection of powerful photographs documenting the impact of volcanoes on people and their environment.
"Cris' photographs seem so carefree; almost snapshots at times. But they demonstrate an unerring insight into the story that needs to be told." - Jeroen Junte, author of Cris' coffee table book "The Amsterdam Canals“.
Amsterdam by Cris Toala Olivares
In honor of our capital's 750th anniversary, photographer Cris Toala Olivares presents; "Amsterdam", an unprecedented, photographic tribute to Amsterdam.
Title: Living with Volcanoes
Photographer: Cris Toala Olivares
Size: 349 x 255 x 32
Size: 320 pages
Weight: 2214 grams